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20:52 10th March 2010


The Hatters survived a late fight-back from Hayes & Yeading to end a run of four matches without a win and register their 10th away victory of the season. Despite looking comfortable when 2-0 and 3-1 ahead Richard Money's side almost contrived to hand United an unlikely share of the spoils. After dominating for long spells it only seemed a matter of time before the Hatters took the lead and on 23 minutes the deadlock was broken when Liam Hatch rose highest in the home penalty area to meet Keith Keane's left-wing free-kick with a thumping header at the back-post. The Town's lead was doubled just six minutes later when Claude Gnakpa netted from the penalty spot after Janos Kovacs cross-field pass found the Frenchman who was brought down by Matt Ruby after surging into the 18-yard box. With the visitors continuing to look comfortable, it came as a shock, when, against the run of play, the hosts reduced the deficit on 57 minutes when Justin Cochrane curled a well-placed shot from the edge of penalty area past the despairing dive of Mark Tyler. Clearly frustrated at conceding, back came the Hatters and, on 61 minutes, Matthew Barnes-Homer spurned a wonderful chance to extend their lead when shooting straight at Clark Masters in the Hayes goal from six yards after Hatch had unselfishly squared the ball to his strike partner. Hatch was withdrawn shortly afterwards after feeling a slight hamstring strain and his replacement Tom Craddock looked to have guaranteed the Town all three points 16 minutes from when he finished well from a tight angle following good work from Barnes-Homer. But once again United fought back and home skipper Tom Cadmore set-up a nervy finale when he headed home unmarked from close range as the Town stood and watched following a left-wing corner. And United almost snatched a point at the death when home striker Craig Watkins raced clear of Kovacs in injury time but Tyler was on hand to block the shot to secure the visitors victory. Phew. For minute-by-minute analysis, see below. Result from Church Road Hayes & Yeading United 1 (Cochrane 57, Cadmore 88) Luton Town 3 (Hatch 23, Gnakpa (pen) 29), Craddock 74) Full-time FULL-TIME HAYES & YEADING UNITED 2-3 LUTON TOWN - The Town hang on to collect all three points. Stay tuned for all the reaction on Get in! 90 + 2 mins - More home pressure but thankfully Binns can only curl a disapointing shot wide of the target with his teammates screaming for him to send in the cross. 90 mins - Tyler to the rescue as Hayes break forward with Watkins for what would have been an incredible turnaround. The Town stopper does well to block the striker's effort. Hearts in the mouth time there. We've got three additional minutes to see thisn out. 88 mins  GOAL! HAYES & YEADING 2-3 Hatters - A nervy last two minutes are in store for the Town as home skipper Cadmore heads home unmarked inside the six yard box following a left-wing corner. Will all the Hatters' missed chances come back to haunt them? Let's hope not, eh? 85 mins - Another half-chance for 4-1 as Craddock sees a header just fall the wrong side of the post following Newton's cross from the right. 84 mins - The hosts are still plugging away to their credit but Ram Marwa tries an acrobatic effort that clears Tyler's crossbar. 82 mins - Back come Hayes as they look for an avenue back into this but Binns scuffs his shot wide when really well-placed. 80 mins - Almost 4-1 as Hall sees his header from Keane's right-wing corner cleared off the line by the head of Binns. That was close. The Hatters are comfortable now...the question is can they add to their tally in the final 10 minutes? 77 mins  Second change for the Town as Nelthorpe replaces Howells. 74 mins  GOAL! Hayes & Yeading 1-3 HATTERS - As I was saying, Tom was looking lively and he's come up trumps to make it three. The striker takes a square pass from MBH and hits a sweet shot beyond Masters. Surely that ends the Hayes comeback? 72 mins - Craddock's looked lively since his introduction and he heads over a MBH cross. 71 mins - More good play from the visitors as Hall forces Masters into a great save diving to his left at full-stretch following Gnakpa's cut back. 67 mins  First change of the afternoon for the Town a Craddock replaces Hatch. Seconds later Gnakpa goes agonisingly close to scoring his second and the Hatters' third with a rasping shot from the edge of the area that flashes over the crossbar. Unlucky. 61 mins - Since conceding the Town have upped the ante and should be further ahead. Firstly Hatch does brilliantly to muscle his way through the home defence. He had MBH and Gnakpa square for a simple tap-in and he choses to pass to the former. However, Barnes-Homer, with the goal gaping can only shoot tamely at the Masters from six yards. Nobody can believe it. Then, a minute later, Hatch wins a header on the edge of the box and Hall fires back a volley that narrowly clears the crossbar. 59 mins - The attendance is 1,881 here at Church Road. There's no official away figure yet but we'll estimate it's around 1,500 judging by the Hayes home crowds this season. 57 mins  GOAL! HAYES & YEADING 1-2 Hatters - And then from no-where Hayes reduce the deficit to one as Cochrane curls home a delightful right-foot strike beyond Tyler sending the ball into the corner of the net. Great strike. 52 mins - The Town have been profiting a lot from mistakes from the home defence more good play from Hatch sees the big man charge down a lost cause. The ball falls to Gnakpa but he gets his left-foot shot all wrong and the ball screws well wide of the target. 50 mins - Another bright start from the Hatters this half as Hatch and Gnakpa combine well which sees then latter cross for Barnes-Homer but his touch is poor and Hayes & Yeading are able to clear the danger. Moments later Claude is again marauding down the right flank and is again fouled before the defender, accidentally - we think - kicks the ball in his face. 47 mins - Stoppage in play as Hatch is lying down in the home penalty area. After receiving Harry Scott-Stackman's treatment the warrior is back on his feet. Nothing to worry about. 46 mins - Half a chance 30 seconds into the half Masters in the home goal kick a back-pass straight at Barnes-Homer. Fortunately for the keeper the ball spins behind for a goalkick and not into the net. 46 mins - The second half is under way with the Town now kicking towards the terrace where the majority of the visiting fans are standing. No changes to either side at the break. HALF-TIME Hayes & Yeading United 0-2 Luton Town. A comfortable first half for the Town comes to an end and with it a two goal advantage. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. COYH. 45 mins - We've got one additional minute to play at the end of the first 45. Enough time for a third? 41 mins - The Town are in cruise control and playing some lovely stuff with Hall the architect. He then goes close to making it three as he drives a shot wide that whizzes across the face of goal. Piling on the pressure, they've already won six corners. 36 mins - Great work-rate from Hatch almost creates a chance to make it three as it he chases after his own pass. It looks as though the home keeper Masters will get the ball but he and Harris leave the ball for each other which sees Hatch hit the ball against the goalkeeper. Eventually Ruby is on hand to clear the danger but no Luton player is around to knock home any loose ball. 33 mins - Shoot on side policy from the Town as Hall fires a shot from 20 yards that drifts wide of the target. Still 2-0. 29 mins  GOAL! Hayes & Yeading 0-2 HATTERS - Claude's dusted himself down and rolled home the spot-kick down the middle as Masters dives to his right. Get in! The chance was created after Kovacs sprayed a super pass out to the Frenchman who barged his way into the box and was upended up Hayes' Matt Ruby. 28 mins - PENALTY TO LUTON - Gnakpa tripped, assistant flags = pen. 24 mins - Back come H&Y as the Town need to Tyler to thank to keep out Dale Binns' fierce drive after cutting in from the left-flank following a fine flowing move from the home side. The keeper does well to get down to his right to prevent that creeping in. 23 mins GOAL! Hayes & Yeading 0-1 HATTERS - It had been coming and finally after one of men set-pieces the Town have the lead. Keane pings in a delightful free-kick from the left and who's there at the back post? Liam Hatch, rising above everyone to plant a header past Masters from six yards. Get in! 20 mins - First foray into the Town box by the hosts as Pilkington inadvertly misjudges a cross that falls kindly for Craig Watkins but the striker's touch is poor and Tyler is quick to gather the loose ball. 17 mins - Hatters are still comfortably dominating this, most of the game has been played in the Hayes half. The Town then have claims for a penalty as Howells' cross from the left looks as though it's blocked by the arm of Ed Harris. Despite huge cries of penalty from the away support, referee Bull isn't having any of it. 13 mins - No chance of note yet but it's all Luton so far. Gnakpa does well to get the better of his marker down the right to cross towards Hatch who does get a head to it. Howells is waiting behind him and would have managed to direct the ball on target had the striker not touched it. 11 mins - This game is low on quality and chances so far and the wind isn't helping. The sun is out too and Tyler is looking straight into it and is sporting a black cap to keep the light out of his eyes. Meanwhile we have a short stoppage in play as a spectator runs onto the pitch. 7 mins - As the lack of updates would suggest it's hardly been enthralling stuff so far. Masters in the home goal is called into action for the first time to punch clear Keane's inswinging corner from the left. Pilkington is first to it, hooking it back towards goal but as the wind catches the ball it eventually falls kindly to the keeper again. 2 mins - Early half-chance for the Town 70 seconds in as Barnes-Homer whips in a cross from the left that just eludes Hatch in a great position in the penalty area. 1 min And they're off as the Hatters kick-off shooting away from their massed support. A few more home fans have made their way into the ground now. 14:57 HERE THEY COME Both sides are out onto the Church Road pitch with the Town all in white led byu captain George Pilkington. H&Y are sporting red shirts, black shorts and black shorts. The handshakes have been done and we're almost set. Come on Luton! 14:53 NEW SIGNING The teamsheets read, and therefore so does the PA announcer, that at number five for the Hatters is Jason Kovacs. Never heard of him. 14:40 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 3-0 Luton. Tom Leech: 1-1 draw. Ian Pearce: 2-0 Luton. Euan Duncan: 4-1 Luton. Mark Wood: 3-0 Luton. Simon Pitts: 2-0 Luton. 14:45 HATTERS, HATTERS Plenty of the fans from Bedfordshire have made the short hop to this part of Middlesex. There's no doubt they are going to outnumber their home counterparts, but by just how much? 1,200? 1,500? 2,000? We'll find out later. The ground is filling up nicely and the away contingent will take up one side and a half of Church Road. 14:35 UNCHANGED Hatters' manager Richard Money keeps the faith with the same side that drew 0-0 at Mansfield on Tuesday. There is one change on the substitutes' bench where Ed Asafu-Adjaye comes in for Shane Blackett.  Hatters: Tyler, Keane, Kovacs, Pilkington, Newton, Hatch, Hall, Howells, Gnakpa, Murray, Barnes-Homer. Substitutes: Asafu-Adjaye, Craddock, Gore, Nelthorpe, Nwokeji. Hayes & Yeading: Masters, Green, Cadmore, Ruby, Marwa, Binns, Cochrane, James, Harris, Stolcers, Watkins. Substitues: Overland, Canham, El-Abd, Little, Wishart. 14:30 WEATHER WATCH It's cold and windy but we've got blue skies above. Makes a change. The ground is typically non-league but has a lovely feel to it. It's open at both ends, a covered terrace on one side and a small main stand opposite. 12:50 GET IN TOUCH Remember, if you want to put your predictions out there, drop us an email: Alternatively get on Facebook and twitter and leave us a message. 11:45 FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING Four games without a win, two points from a possible 12 and all of a sudden it's doom and gloom. But the Town are fifth in the table, have one of the best away records in the division and possess a squad of players the envy of all the teams in the league. It doesn't sound all bad, does it? The mini-blip of two successive defeats was brought to an end when the Hatters earned a decent point from the goalless draw at play-off rivals Mansfield. And don't forget they are no mugs. In truth Richard Money's men could have left Nottinghamshire with all three points had Jake Howells' effort had not been harshly ruled out for offside. The display at Mansfield was an improvement on the showing at Crawley last Saturday and, as the Town boss says, today - at Hayes and Yeading - the players still owe those supporters who witnessed the 2-1 defeat last weekend a performance. However, this afternoon's visit to Church Road - our first ever meeting with the newly-formed, and promoted, side - represents a challenge itself. Garry Haylock's side have impressed and surprised everyone this season. Obviously those odds-on quotes from the bookies for an instant return to the Blue Square South have galvanised everyone at a club that was only formed three years ago. You could argue that today's fixture is the biggest league fixture in United's history. Last season Haylock's side pulled in an average league gate of just 355 while this season the average sits at just 484. Add 1,200+ Town fans making the short trip around the M25 and the game will almost feel like a home game for the visitors this afternoon. But despite this the Hatters must be on guard. It won't be easy. United will raise their game. They are not the so-called whipping boys the pundits predicted they would be in the summer. Stevenage, York and AFC Wimbledon have all visited Church Road and failed to pick up all three points... Can the Town go one better? Well, whatever happens this afternoon your official website will have everything covered: every step of the way. If you can't make the match then we'll have all the goals and incidents as it happens live with the usual news in the run-up to kick-off with team line-ups and plenty of chat as your official website has, as ever, the usual updates keeping you bang up-to-date with all the action - and in a number of ways. There's none of those boring ball-by-ball "defensive thrown-in taken by Luton left-back" updates as we continue to try and bring you an updated and detailed text commentary. This is a great way to keep in touch and has been popular to those supporters not able to get to a computer or a radio as the service is also available and is updated live on our WAP site. On Hatters Player you all have access to our live commentary. Remember, Player is available as ever which means you all have access to our live commentary. If you haven't heard it yet then where you have been? It's brought to you by Simon "Statto" Pitts - who is quickly making a name for himself with commentary that is the envy of all the competition. His commentary in injury time against Oxford last month has made international radio while groups in his honour have sprouted up on social networking site Facebook. He'll be here calling home the shots as usual with full and unrivalled commentary. We'll have plenty of content to keep you interested as we'll have all of the post-match reaction as well as match action from Gareth Owen to follow after the final whistle. 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